Junior outfielder Katelyn Elliott tagged a single that allowed the game-winning score.
May 8, 2012
SALT LAKE CITY - Junior outfielder Katelyn Elliott lined a single to right field and a Utah Valley misplay allowed Kelsi Hoopiiaina to plate the winning run in the University of Utah softball team's 3-2 eight-inning victory over UVU in its final non-conference game of the regular season on Tuesday at Ute Field.
Utah (27-26, 1-20 Pac-12) earned its first extra-inning win of the year and improved to 1-1 in extra-inning contests this season. The Utes' other extra-inning affair was a 1-0 loss to Stony Brook in eight innings on Mar. 10 at the Florida Gulf Coast Spring Break Invitational.
Hoopiiana started Utah's eighth frame with a single to right field before Elliott came through with the Utes' fourth hit of the day, another single to right. A miscue by the Wolverine right fielder then allowed Hoopiiana to plate the game-winning score. Elliott is now third on the team with 43 hits this year.
Hoopiiaina turned in her 14th multi-hit performance of the year, while going 2-for-3 at the plate with a home run against the Wolverines. She is now tied with Elliott and senior third baseman Whitney Holm for team-high honors with eight round-trippers this season. Hoopiiaina is also now a perfect 18-of-18 on stolen base attempts this year.
Junior second baseman Jackie Sweet drove in a run in the sixth frame, which was her 28th RBI of the year and stands second on the team this year.
Generra Nielson, a senior from Blanding, Utah, registered her 16th complete game of the year with an 8.0-inning performance in which she allowed just one earned run on only five hits to go along with 12 strikeouts. Nielson notched her 11th double-digit strikeout game of this season to grab her 20th win of the year. She improved to 20-16 on the season.
Facing a 2-0 deficit in the sixth frame, Hoopiiaina roped a solo home run over the left-field fence for her eighth homer of the year off a 1-2 pitch. Senior first baseman Palauni followed with her second walk of the game then Elliott rolled into a fielder's choice, but Palauni remained safe on the basepaths after an error by the UVU shortstop that kept Ute runners on first and second base. A ground ball to second base by Sweet then pushed Elliott across the plate for the equalizer.
Utah Valley (29-25-1, 10-10 PCSC) received a 2-for-3, one-RBI effort from Krystin Jachim at the plate. Tiffany Mills allowed one earned run on four hits in 7.1 innings, but dropped to 16-16 with the loss.
The Utes resume Pac-12 Conference play this weekend against No. 15/17 Stanford, starting Thursday at 4 p.m. MT. The play-by-play call and live stats will be available at utahutes.com.